My son has named this holiday "Single Awareness Day".
World wide marketing supports my son's conclusion. I believe Valentines Day can be so much more.
For me, it's a time when I choose to look at the character qualities of my husband. Yes, there's a romantic side for me, but it's also about a mental understanding of who he is and the impact he is making on our family and our community. I am so proud of him and all he's accomplished. Once I've thought about Ron, my mind moves on to others in my life.
There are different opinions about how or why Valentines Day got started. Most though will refer to St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day Roman love lotteries began. St. Valentine left a note for his friend, the jailer's daughter, and signed it "From your Valentine".
The "love lotteries" of the Roman empire were held on the eve of the festival of Lupercalia. The names of Roman girls were drawn from a jar by eligible men. They would be partners for the duration of the festival. This paring of the children sometimes resulted in love and marriage.
Of course our culture is going to take this day and push it to the limit. It's a billion dollar industry to concentrate on couples. Besides, we've just finished a holiday that's for children and other family members so concentrating on couples will bring more revenue. I suggest that we get behind the spirit of St. Valentine. Let's give valentines to our family, friends and those that mean the most to our lives.
FOR EVERYONE THAT MAKES MY LIFE FUN AND EXCITING
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
There are many forms of love. I think Valentines Day should include all of those. Tell your children you love them. Send a card to a shut in. Make a big deal out of a co-worker. Let her/him know how much you appreciate their support. When you order dinner be sure and compliment the waiter. Do you ever stop to think about their job, how hard it is, or why they aren't out with the love of their life instead of serving you coffee?
Call your pastor, thank a teacher, leave a cupcake for your neighbor. Pagan holiday? Maybe. Single awareness day, possibly. But why not change it to "I'm gonna show love day."
Hey....and while your at it.....
HAVE A HAPPY VALENTINES FROM ME !!! I appreciate all your notes and comments and love. I am so glad you are a part of my life and this blog.
God loves you,